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Report Signals U.S. Manufacturing Getting Stronger

September 4, 2013 12:51 pm | by CBS News | Videos

Stocks initially rose after a new report signaled the country's manufacturers are getting stronger. A jump in orders helped Unites States factories expand in August at the fastest pace in more than two years.            

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South Korea Unfolds The Future Of Urban Driving

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos

South Korean researchers have developed an electric car that folds in half for easy parking. Named for the armor-covered mammal of the same name, the 'Armadillo-T' is a two-seater prototype vehicle that is designed for commuters in busy urban areas. Reuters' Rob Muir has more.

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Walmart's Plan Sells 'American Made'

August 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Walmart SVP Michelle Gloeckler explains her company's $50 billion effort to sell more American made goods over the next ten years. Even if Walmart is successful in getting key retailers and suppliers on board, experts say it won't rejuvenate the U.S. manufacturing industry. But the movement could help stem the tide of jobs flowing to China and elsewhere that has been occurring in the last two decades.

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Ford Fusion Now Made In U.S.

August 29, 2013 12:28 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

For the first time, Ford Fusion vehicles are being built just outside Detroit, a positive sign that the automotive industry is bringing production back to the United States. The company's Flat Rock, Mich., plant near Detroit will start making the Fusion Thursday. Ford hired a second shift of 1,400 new workers to make the Fusion at the plant, which also makes the Mustang sports car.

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Cheetah Robot Hits The Ground Running

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

'Cheetah Cub' is a robot being developed by scientists in Switzerland, to one day assist in search and rescue missions. The machine does not yet have a head, but otherwise looks and runs like a cat, to go into places inaccessible or too dangerous for humans. Reuters' Jim Drury has more.

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Mini Cooper Paceman: Roomy, Nimble, Fun

August 29, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The new Mini Cooper Paceman is a two-door crossover SUV that features a turbo-charged engine, four-wheel drive, and a spacious interior. While it could be considered a "less practical, SUV," losing two doors completely changes the character of the vehicle, says CNN's Peter Valdes-Dapena.

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Train Shines Light On Self-Contained Solar Power

August 29, 2013 8:02 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

A nature reserve in central Hungary has become a testing ground for self-contained, solar-powered train travel. Engineers say the narrow gauge train is the first of its kind and could become a template for larger train transport systems. Reuters' Matthew Stock reports.

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Nissan EVP Talks Self-Driving Cars

August 29, 2013 8:01 am | by NissanNewsroom | Videos

Nissan announced that the company's engineers have been carrying out intensive research on the technology for years, alongside teams from the world's top universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo. Executive Vice President Andy Palmer gives all the details on Nissan's 20-20 vision.

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Nissan Announces Autonomous Drive Plan By 2020

August 28, 2013 3:45 pm | by NissanNewsroom | Videos

Nissan announces a 2020 autonomous drive timetable for bringing the high-technology cars to global markets. Nissan announced that the company's engineers have been carrying out intensive research on the technology for years, alongside teams from the world's top universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo.

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Signs Of Life In China's Factories, But For How Long?

August 28, 2013 2:11 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos

A leading indicator shows a fresh spike in manufacturing activity, but with debt pressures lingering and the country on a slower growth track, economists remain cautious on China's outlook. China's manufacturing slowdown stabilized in August in another possible sign the world's second-largest economy is improving, a survey showed.

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IMTSTV: MTConnect Leadership Award

August 27, 2013 2:05 pm | by imtsvideos | Videos

Watch the new episode of IMTSTV IN BRIEF: MTConnect Leadership Award for the status and future of MTConnect from the award recepient. John B. Byrd III, former president of AMT, The Association For Manufacturing Technology, received the MTConnect Leadership Award at the 2013 [MC]2 Conference. John answers some very important questions on the status and future of MTConnect.

Gary, IN Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 26, 2013 12:20 pm | by NBC News | Videos

Gary, Indiana is far from its glory days when it was a thriving steel town. The official unemployment number is close to 10 percent, but today, the mayor of this rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing it. 

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Ford's New 3D Dirt Detection Technology

August 23, 2013 12:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos

Ford Automotive has unveiled what it says is an industry-first detection technology that uses high-resolution cameras to detect and eliminate dirt particles on a freshly-laid coat of paint. The company’s F-Series trucks are the latest vehicles to benefit from the technology, which Ford claims can detect particles smaller than a grain of salt.

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HP Is Back From The Dead

August 22, 2013 1:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Hewlett-Packard is a top Dow stock this year, with shares up 80 percent, even though HP is really struggling in some core markets, such as PCs and printers. But investors seem to love Meg Whitman's turnaround strategy. Can the comeback continue? 

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The Million American Jobs Project

August 22, 2013 8:03 am | by Million American Jobs Project | Videos

Economics isn't all that complicated. We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys U.S.-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave. Watch the video, and then share it. Boom, you just helped make a million new jobs. 

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The Robotic Rembrandt

August 22, 2013 8:03 am | by eDavid | Videos

e-David uses visual feedback to create different kinds of paintings. A standard robot equipped with all necessary means for painting - five different brushes can be used, color can be selected from a repository with 24 colors, brushes can be cleaned, and colors can be distributed precisely on the canvas.

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Inside The New Corvette Stingray

August 22, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos

The Chevrolet Corvette has always had a sort of image problem; it's been seen as a blue collar performance car and not a 'real' sportscar. Well, that hasn't been true in a very long time. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray just might finally get the Corvette the recognition it deserves.

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Tesla Hails Top Safety Rating For Model S

August 22, 2013 8:01 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos

Tesla says that its battery powered Model S has set a record for the lowest likelihood of injuries to occupants in recent crash tests. The electric car company, based in Palo Alto, California and led by billionair Elon Musk, said the Model S exceeded the safety score of all cars and trucks on U.S. roads.

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Aston Martin's Carbon Fiber Concept

August 21, 2013 1:01 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

The CC100 is Aston Martin's new concept vehicle that features a carbon-fiber body and sports a 1950's race car look. But don't expect to order one anytime soon. The CC100 concept car is made almost entirely of carbon fiber and was introduced as part of Aston Martin's 100th birthday celebration.

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How To Build A Military Helicopter

August 20, 2013 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Take an inside look at how a military production plant in the UK goes from creating a computerized aircraft design to a battle-ready helicopter taking flight. AugustWestland builds military helicopters, "Wildcats" or the AW159, on a site that spans 300 acres.

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